Chris Okumu Opoka is a Uganda member of the East African Legislative Assembly from the opposition UPC party. Before going to EALA he was Secretary General of UPC during the Maama Miria Obote presidency. He spoke to The Independent’s Patrick Kagenda.
You have never attended a UPC press briefing ever since you left for the EALA, what brings you here now? What is your take on what is happening in UPC today?
You are right to say I have not been attending UPC press briefings. I am normally not around but today I am here because of what is taking place in my party. We have a newly elected party president yet to be confirmed and I had to attend his inaugural press briefing. What is happening in the party is something we all have been waiting for, that is having a unanimously endorsed party president by the district conferences and making him the sole candidate for the party.
The outgoing party president Olara Otunnu and some of the party presidency race contenders are contesting Akena`s win in the primaries, won`t this return the party to courts of law as the case has been during the last five years of Otunnu`s tenure?
Otunnu set up this program single handedly. He is the one who appointed the coordinators in the districts and appointed the party electoral commission. The coordinators in the districts sent results here at headquarters which were verified and sent to the electoral commission and the electoral commission declared them and now Otunnu is disputing that, how can that be? The people in the districts held a free and fair elections. The very same thing that Otunnu has been yearning for. His pet agenda in Uganda is only about free and fair elections no other program, only free and fair elections. Well, Otunnu has carried out a free and fair election, he might not be pleased with the outcome because the person he wanted is not the person that won.